Stoke-on-Trent, often abbreviated to Stoke, is a city in Staffordshire, England. Stoke-on-Trent is considered to be the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres.
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The centre houses anchor outlets Primark and Debenhams, as well as a Starbucks coffee shop, a River Island clothing store and HMV entertainment store. On site facilities include a Customer Service Desk, information and traffic kiosks, and public toilets. The centre also contains access to the Hanley Market Hall, which dates back to the 1600s. The market opened at its current location in 1987, although it still stands on the grounds of the 1849 market hall.
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is in Hanley, one of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. Admission is free. All the collections at this Museum are categorized as Designated Collections. Galleries display fine and decorative arts, costume, local history, archaeology and natural history collections. There is a second world war aircraft on permanent display, a Supermarine Spitfire whose earlier Marks were designed by R. J. Mitchell who came from nearby Butt Lane.
Constructed in 1929 as a cinema, it is one of several theatres in the city centre and one of two owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. The building was converted for use full-time use a theatre in 1999, and since then has hosted a number of shows and musicals.
The theatre is also the northern base for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
Bridgewater Factory is a British ceramics manufacturer
founded in 1985, owned and run by Emma Rice née Bridgewater and
Matthew Rice. Noted for their polka dot design among others.
Emma Bridgewater specialises in pottery with motifs drawing on techniques stretching back over 200 years. The company is one of the largest pottery manufacturers based entirely in the UK.
Discover over 200 years of pottery produced in Stoke-on-Trent by the oldest surviving family business in the ceramic tableware industry. Explore the original Dudson factory courtyard and enjoy the unique experience of stepping inside the Grade II listed bottle oven to view the collection and to trace the fascinating history of the Dudson company's production from 1800 to the present day.